March for our Lives

Gun Safety

NWCRI Shareholders Address Gun Safety with Gun Manufacturers and Retailers

The prophet Isaiah says, “And a little child shall lead them.” Following on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida  students are leading the U.S. in addressing the epidemic of gun violence. As one of the high school organizers wrote in a CNN op-ed, “And so, I’m asking—no demanding—that we take action now.”

Two years ago faith based shareholders, concerned over escalating gun violence in the U.S, purchased stock in gun manufacturers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Bands, and gun retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, so that we could dialogue with the companies about what they are doing to ensure the safety of children and communities whose lives may be at risk because of their products. In December 2017 and January 2018 we filed shareholder resolutions requesting a report on these companies’ gun safety measures.

NWCRI and ICCR members involved in this effort represent Catholic Sisters, who for almost 300 years, have educated our children in the safety of our schools and cared for the sick and injured in our hospitals.

Investor Action on Gun Violence

While the business case for companies to reduce their exposure to gun violence is clear, for ICCR investors and their colleagues the moral case for action grows more urgent each day. We therefore ask companies to carefully reflect on how their operations, business relationships, supply chain policies, marketing practices and public voices might be used to counter gun violence and foster safer communities.

ICCR Statement on Gun Violence
In light of continuing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. involving semi-automatic assault weapons, the undersigned [142] investors representing $634 billion in assets are calling on gun manufacturers, retailers and distributors, as well as companies with financial ties to these industries, to review their operations, supply chains and policies and take meaningful action on this public safety concern. Read more…

 

Shareholder Resolutions:
Company Issue Action
American Outdoors Brands Gun Safety Resolution
Dick’s Sporting Goods Gun Safety Resolution Withdrawn
Dick’s Sporting Goods Lobbying Disclosure Resolution Withdrawn
Sturm Ruger Gun Safety Resolution • Proxy Memo
Read the Sturm Ruger Proxy Memo

 

Media coverage shows the industry is listening:
June 14, 2018

AMA Calls Gun Violence “A Public Health Crisis”

June 14, 2018

AMA Intensifies Push For Gun Control Ahead Of Midterm Elections

June 4, 2018

Chicago Archdiocese creates new violence prevention program, position

May 18, 2018

KIRO 7 News: Seattle nun takes on gun manufacturers by buying stock

May 29, 2018

Q & A with Sr. Judy Byron on forcing Sturm Ruger to report on gun safety

May 16, 2018

Seattle Times: Meet the Seattle nun who infiltrated a gun company

May 9, 2018

NY Times: Sturm Ruger Shareholders Adopt Measure Backed by Gun Safety Activists

May 4, 2018

Buzzfeed: Meet The Woman Standing Up To Gunmakers By Infiltrating Their Ranks

May 3, 2018

The Hill: Dick’s Sporting Goods hires lobbyists on gun control

April 16, 2018

Daily Kos: Huge sporting goods chain says it will be purging and destroying assault-style weapons

April 12, 2018

Adrian Dominicans: Shareholders: U.S. at tipping point on gun violence

April 10, 2018

The Hill: Bank of America to stop lending to military-style weapons makers

April 5, 2018

NY Times: This gun maker wanted safe guns

March 27, 2018

AP: Nuns, funds and guns: the firearms debate on Wall Street

March 1, 2018

CNBC: Kroger stops selling guns to buyers under 21 at Fred Meyer stores

February 28, 2018

The Hill: Walmart to raise age limit on gun purchases

CNBC: Activist nuns see momentum building for their fight against gun makers after Florida school shooting

The Guardian: Gun company investors push for change after Florida school shooting

CNBC: Dick’s Sporting Goods decided on assault-rifle ban after student protests and a meeting with nuns

February 23, 2018

ICCR: Shareholders press gun manufacturers to report on efforts to make products safer

 

Catholic Calls for Gun Safety

Gun violence victims, celebrities join march and rally at St. Sabina Parish

USCCB: A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence

Cardinal Cupich calls for action on gun legislation